Mr. Punch's Dramatic Sequels
recording of Mr. Punch's Dramatic Sequels, by St. John Hankin (1869 - 1909).
A collection of short and humorous one-act "sequels" to 14 major plays (many already in the Librivox catalog).
Plays end too soon. They never show
The whole of what I want to know.
The curtain falls and I'm perplexed
With doubts about what happened next.
Did HAMLET'S father haunt no more
The battlements of Elsinore?
Does LADY TEAZLE never call
At LADY SNEERWELL'S now at all?
Was BENEDICK'S a happy marriage?
And will the MELNOTTES keep a carriage?
Will AUBREY take to wife one day
Another MRS. TANQUERAY?
Do ECCLES and his stepson wrangle?
Has anything been heard of DANGLE?
What has become of MRS. WANGEL?
I've asked again and yet again
These questions hitherto in vain!
I sought the answers near and far
At length they came, and here they are:-
(Summary is Prefatory to the book)
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February 13, 2015
Made uneven by the fading of the parodied authors from the public mind.
This work is a series of short sequels to popular plays. I really enjoyed the parts of this I understood, but the plays are those selected at the publication date, and so some have faded from the theatre-going landscape. I most enjoyed his Hamlet, where Hortatio (unexpectedly king) is hosting Fortinbras. He refuses to go inside Elsinore because the ghost of old Hamlet has been joined by the ghosts of Gertrude, Ophelia, Claudius, Polonius and Hamlet, and he can’t get a minute’s peace.